Does anyone have tips on growing Hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas - Blue hydrangea flowers
@raasha (109)
India
December 24, 2006 8:09am CST
I have a facination for hydrangeas. 1-2year old plants produce flowerheads(small collection of flowers in a snowball-like setting make one large flowerhead) that are Blue or Pink depending on the Ph of the soil. My plants are more than 2 years old, well cared for and yet they refuse to flower. Its the hydrangea season now in India and I wouldn't want to let another six months go by without seeing these awesome flowers on my plants. Does anyone know what I do to make them flower?
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11 responses
• India
24 Dec 06
You can buy hydrangeas from almost any nursery and from many online sources. Because they vary widely in size and color, some pre-planting research is necessary. Some basic tips: *The acidity of soil affects color. Southern soil is generally slightly acidic, which makes it difficult to grow pink hydrangeas, although these will grow successfully in a pot, according to Dean. *Not all hydrangea varieties react similarly to soil changes, but you can experiment with color by adding lime to the soil. There is joy in the unexpected, however, and Dean prefers to let nature take its course. "Just the process of putting them in the ground changes their color," she explains. "I think it's too much work to try and change it." *Hydrangeas grow best in moderate temperatures, free from extremes in the summer and winter months. If the ground never freezes in your garden, plant hydrangeas in the fall and winter. If you live in colder climates, you should plant in the spring. Maintaining your Hydrangeas Fortunately, resources abound for the care of hydrangeas. Dean recommends Hydrangeas: A Gardeners' Guide by Toni Lawson-Hall and Brian Rothera (Timber Press, 1995) because it is accessible and addresses basic issues. According to Dean, pruning is a basic chore that confronts hydrangea gardeners. She offers the following tips: *In general, plants should be pruned early enough to allow next year's buds the maximum amount of time to bloom. *Follow two simple mottoes: "If in doubt, don't do anything," and "If in doubt, prune after they bloom." Some hydrangeas bloom on new wood, and some bloom on old wood, Dean explains, and the overzealous gardener will do more harm than good.
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@raasha (109)
• India
24 Dec 06
Thanks, for the info...but one question remains unanswered - What can I do to promote flowering on my plants? Do you grow hydrangeas too?
• Philippines
25 Dec 06
i'm fascinated with hydrangeas, too. i love to see them in full bloom. whenever there are trade shows, we always buy a plant of different colors. the problem is, when the the flowers have all withered, they don't bloom anymore. the leaves look healthy, but it looks just like a big bush of green, no flowers, no other colors to brighten it. what are we doing wrong here?
@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
24 Dec 06
hydrangeas - have head these wonderful flowers and no longer do since we moved.  They take a bit more care than I want to invest so I do not  plant them on my property.
Temperatures below 25 degrees F. will kill the new buds. The spent flowers should be removed as soon as possible to allow the plant to direct it's strength to growing and producing new buds rather than seeds. Fertilize liberally in the spring using a good all purpose plant food Hydrangeas only flower on on the tips of new growth, so you can remove any stems which have already bloomed. The French Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) flowers from buds formed on new growth produced the previous year, so pruning of this variety should be done immediately after blooming in early summer. Other varieties of Hydrangea should be pruned in late fall or early spring. The entire plant may be cut back to the ground if it becomes to large, because it will quickly regrow to it's prior size, and begin blooming again. In acid soil the blooms will be blue, pink flowers in alkaline soil, and white flowers in neutral soil. Larger flowers will be produced if the plant is thinned down to half of the original number of stems. Alternatively, pinching out the tips of the new growth (prior to budding), will produce many more flowers but the clusters will be smaller Hope this helps!!!
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@raasha (109)
• India
24 Dec 06
Thanks! That was useful info. Do you grow Hydrangeas too?
@tiamat (114)
• United States
24 Dec 06
Get some organic, bloodmeal based hydrangea fertilizer. Hydrangeas like to grow in a slightly acidic soil pH. In fact, the color of their flowers changes based on the pH of the soil they are growing in. However, they preffer it to be slightly acidic. I do not know how to force them to flower again though, you may want to try plant hormones, such as ghiberhellic acids.
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@raasha (109)
• India
25 Dec 06
I'm not sure if fertilizer custom made for Hydrangeas or hormone based additives are easily available in India...thanks for the leads in any case, I'll definitely find out about it.
• China
25 Dec 06
i think plant has some season to flower it depends on but you have problem just searching biologist website you can get information
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• United States
25 Dec 06
may be they need some fertlizers,to flower
@raasha (109)
• India
25 Dec 06
I've tried out a variety of fertilizers to no avail.
@birthlady (5612)
• United States
5 Jan 07
My mother grows Hydrangeas. She lives in a unique ecosystem to Little River, California, called "The Pigmey Forest" made mostly of red clay. My mother built soil beds for her beautiful garden. Have your plants flowered ever? I think they take several years before they flower the first time.
@harsh1985 (593)
• India
25 Dec 06
well i don't know about the plantation but i think it depends upon the climate correct plantation in correct climate may give you better result.. but i think you refer websites that are dedicated to plantation.. sorry but i can't help you much more than that!!
• India
25 Dec 06
No idea dear.....I dont have any interest in gardening
@nirali78 (307)
• India
25 Dec 06
Sorry i dont have any idea abt nursery.
• India
25 Dec 06
sorry i dont have....
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
25 Dec 06
Daisy - Daisys
Also I have a pretty Brazilian DAISY garden and I love them very, however when I go to travel I leave one visinho responsible for them, therefore thus I am not worried about my plants.